Forge Bellows, ca 1850

Description (Brief)
A blacksmith uses bellows on a forge to provide additional air to the fire, resulting in a higher rate of combustion, making the forge hotter. This bellows is made of wood and leather and was used in the recreation of the Augustus Alfred Machine Shop in the Engines of Change exhibit at the National Museum of American History.
Currently not on view
Object Name
bellows, forge
Physical Description
wood (part material)
leather (part material)
metal (part material)
overall: 58 in x 30 in x 12 in; 147.32 cm x 76.2 cm x 30.48 cm
pull rod: 30 in; 76.2 cm
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Industry & Manufacturing
Machine Shop
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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